PAINtalks 2020

The 5thedition of PAINtalks, presented by the Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators (QNJPI), took place on November 13, 2020 at the Granada theater in Sherbrooke. The event was conducted as a webcast in order to respect the government health and safety guidelines, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was a success! Over 1,200 people from all over the world registered for PAINtalks 2020. Almost 4,000 online listeners followed the event live. We are very grateful to have had such a large audience with listeners from North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and even Africa.

For those who do not know of PAINtalks, this event is an evening of popularized presentations focused on the theme of pain. These presentations are inspired by the TED-style talk format, and the event as a whole, is a bilingual initiative, that is free and open to all. Potential speakers are invited to submit their candidacy to present at the PAINtalks event, in order to disseminate their research to the general public.

On November 13th, we welcomed thirteen speakers, five of whom are student members of the QNJPI network, a patient-partner living with chronic pain, a special speaker from the Canadian Pain Society (CPS), a presenter from the North American Pain School (NAPS), and two other special speakers for the first time. In addition, we invited three renowned researchers, and lecturers, in their respective fields: Prof. Gabrielle Pagé, Prof. Sylvie Lafrenaye and Prof. Serge Marchand.

As in past editions of PAINtalks, eligible QNJPI student members had the chance to win the “Best Presentation” prize. This year, we would like to congratulate Marie-Philippe Harvey, who is the winner of the “Best Presentation”  prize for the 2020 edition of PAINtalks, and won a place at the next edition of the renowned European Pain School (EPS) of the University of Siena!

For the 2020 edition, we had the honour of welcoming the Quebec performer, Guylaine Tanguay, as the Master of Ceremony! With 15 albums, and a career spanning more than 30 years, Guylaine Tanguay is one of the biggest names in Quebec’s country music industry. Not only for her remarkable talent, having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago, Guylaine Tanguay was the perfect Master of Ceremony for the evening. She knew how to connect with the public, and moderated the event brilliantly

For our 5th edition of PAINtalks, the Canadian Institute Health Research (CIHR) supported us through the Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support Program. We also had the support of the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ) with the DIALOGUE – Student succession grant.


We owe the excellent graphics in our content to the talented Steve Bergeron and the talented Sophie Thévenard. As a graphic designer / animator, and owner of Studio Steve Bergeron, Mr. Bergeron was responsible for the graphics of our promotional videos, the visuals for the program, as well as the graphics used in the presentation slides. Sophie Thévenard was the graphic designer for our promotional pamphlets.

In order to ensure we reached a bilingual audience, we had a simultaneous translation service during the presentations. Keleny is a Montreal-based translation team that provided their services during the live event. In addition, thanks to Kostar Audiovisuel, we were able to offer the 5th edition of our event via webcast.

New in 2020!

Our team has grown! We have set up our own PAINtalks committee. We have seven new members, consisting of students who are part of the QNJPI network. You can view the members of the PAINtalks 2020 committee in the PAINtalks 2020 committee tab. Our committee works in collaboration with the members of the QNJPI board of directors for the planning and organization of the event.

The advantages of presenting at PAINtalks 2020

All speakers received individual training, given by Denis François Gravel from PRESENTABILITY. An experienced trainer in public speaking, Denis François Gravel is also the president and co-founder of TEDxQuebec.


In order to ensure the presentations from PAINtalks 2020 are disseminated clearly to the general public, all presentations were filmed in high definition (HD). They are available on the website, on the YouTube channel, on the Facebook page and on the QNJPI’s Twitter account. Our videos were filmed and edited by a team from Vimetri, a Quebec video production company.


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